another meme that's doing the rounds (thanks to Cheesehead and
Here are the rules
1. Go into your archive.
2. Find your 23rd post (or closest to).
3. Find the fifth sentence (or closest to).
4. Post the text of the sentence in your blog along with these instructions.
By chance, my 25th post was written exactly one year ago on Saturday,- and refers to my first 3 funerals. Since then I've taken over 30, which kind of gives an interesting perspective on the demography of these parts, doesn't it?
"In the past 10 days I've encountered one family who had been bullied by the departed for years, and who consequently felt both relieved and guilty; one old man who had deliberately severed all connection with friends and family when he went into a care home 14 years ago, and whose service was attended only by a handful of staff from the home;and, yesterday, a guy who seemed to have the gift of staying friends with everyone whom he had ever encountered."
It was good to revisit this, as I've just been revisiting the families where possible. On the whole, they're doing OK...and I'm glad to have been involved with their lives.